It’s kind of funny, but not terribly accurate. First of all, Obama still engages in politics. He’s done fundraising for many Democrats lately, and if you listen to his Saturday radio he still demands Congressional action. Additionally the White House over the summer has increased his press availability and Q&As. To suggest Obama is not engaged in politics is inaccurate; he’s simply not engaged in the name calling and tug-of-war that some prefer.
But the real issue with this comment is the idea that Congress cares what Obama thinks or wants his advice. The GOP only wants to know where Obama stands because that’s how they decide where they stand — in opposition. Doesn’t matter if he agrees with their previous position (cap and trade is a right wing idea, the ACA is a right wing idea, not negotiating with terrorists is a right wing idea, but if Obama does it the GOP gets angry). The Democrats often go to the media and say they want Obama to stay away, then go to the media and say he’s aloof and disengaged. WTF?
Obama has engaged Congress, and Congress told him to bleep off. He took it for almost six years, and if he’s a little aloof now that just shows he learns from experience.
Apr 12, 2017